Cleaning and sterilization techniques leave ureteroscopes contaminated

Portland, Ore., June 14, 2017 - The techniques used to clean and sterilize flexible ureteroscopes leave behind contamination including debris, residue, and bacteria, according to a new study being presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Researchers concluded that these failures may result in the use of dirty scopes. "APIC is concerned that the techniques used in the field are insufficient, and that current methods in place are introducing more contamination with the reprocessing of each scope," said Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, 2017 APIC president. "The results of...

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